happy planning

Anyone who knows me knows that at times I am probably even a little too organized. And maybe you’re like me and have to have a well thought out plan before you can be productive, or maybe you’re not much of a planner and like to just take things as they come.

Regardless, whether you’re a college student or a stay-at-home-mom or anything in between, a little planning and organization can go a long way to reduce stress and make you feel a little more on top of things.

I use The Happy Planner which can be bought online for $30. But you can also buy it and all of its accessories at Michael’s, where they almost always have a 50% off coupon available. If you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through pages of those beautiful Erin Condrens or other fancy planners than can run up to $80, this one is so similar and less than half the price!


The basic planner includes monthly and weekly spreads. I mostly use the monthly calendar page to write down big events, birthdays, appointments and fun things like lunch dates or babysitting my favorite little pals. I don’t usually make super detailed plans way far in advance, but this way I can glance at the page and know what I have to look forward to for the whole month.


The weekly spread pages are perfect. There are three boxes for each day, and I personally use them to divide up my school stuff, social activities and general to-do’s. But this can be personalized for whatever your life looks like right now! [I also clearly make good use of all the adorable sticker packs that are available.]


A super fun thing about this planner is that there’s a page for every month where you can write down some of your current favorite things, goals for the month and dates to look forward to!


Another cool thing about The Happy Planner is that there are a bunch of additional inserts you can buy for lots of different purposes. This is the health and fitness insert. It’s got weekly spreads where you can keep track of your meals, your workouts and your goals.

It seems a little tedious to write down everything you eat, but I find that it helps me keep myself accountable. Do I want to eat a giant bowl of mac and cheese at 2am because I have nothing better to do? Absolutely yes. Is it worth it? Most likely not. And do I want to have to write it down and be reminded of my terrible willpower for the rest of the week? No I do not.

And I don’t know about you, but working out isn’t something I do just because I love it so much. So being able to write down what I’ve done and recognize the progress I’m making is really helpful and encouraging!


There’s also space at the end of each month to do a little reflecting and set goals for the next month!


I also use the budget planner insert. I wrote about how important setting a budget and keeping track of your expenses is in my post Eight Simple Ways to Save & Manage Money in College. This is what I use to do that!

The monthly budget planner is completely customizable and has suggestions for categories but also plenty of space to fill in your own. And the expense tracker is so helpful in being aware of what you spend your money on! It also comes with cute stickers which, of course, I appreciate.


To those who wouldn’t label themselves as avid planners, this may seem like a lot. But it only takes me about twenty minutes at the beginning of each week and month to sit down and organize everything! And it is well worth it. This planner is awesome because it is completely customizable and you can do as much or as little with it as you want!

Happy planning pals!


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